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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
KGO 08/04/2013
Greenwald continued 2: Correct. I think the most amazing thing, one of the most amazing things in this whole episode, Martha, is that there is a 2011 opinion, 86 pages long from the FISA court that ruled, that much of what the NSA is doing with spying on American citizens is both unconstitutional, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and illegal, a violation of the statute. This opinion remains a complete secret. The FISA court has said they have no objection to having it released, but the Obama administration insists it has to be secret. Both members of Congress and others have been requesting simply to read that court opinion and
Glenn Greenwald
Guardian Reporter
KGO 08/04/2013
Greenwald continued 3: the Intelligence Committee that is led in the House by Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger who represents the NSA district receives all kinds of cash from the defense and the intelligence agencies industries have refused to allow them access. That's extraordinary to have a court opinion ruling that our government violated the Constitution and the law and not only can't we read it, but neither can our representatives in Congress.
Dutch Ruppersberger
U.S. Representative D-Maryland, Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee
KGO 08/04/2013
Raddatz: Are efforts being thwarted in trying to get information for members of Congress? Ruppersberger: We have rules as far as the committee on what you can have and what you cannot have, however, based on that statement I just made is that since this incident occurred with Snowden, we've had three different hearings for members of our Democratic caucus and the Republican caucus where general Alexander has come with his deputy Chris English to ask any questions that people have as it relates to this information.
Dutch Ruppersberger
U.S. Representative D-Maryland, Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee
KGO 08/04/2013
Ruppersberger continued: And we will continue to do that because what we're trying to do now is to get the American public to know more about what's going on, NSA is following the law and we have checks and balances. We have the courts, we have both the Senate and House intelligence committee, we have Justice Department. We have checks and balances here to make sure that NSA does not violate the law in what they're doing and, you know, since these two programs have come into effect, especially the metadata there's not been one incident of any member of the NSA breaking any law whatsoever.
Dutch Ruppersberger
U.S. Representative D-Maryland, Ranking Member on the Intelligence Committee
KGO 08/04/2013
Ruppersberger continued 3: But we can do better. I have to educate my caucus more, the democratic caucus and we're trying to declassify as much as we can. We -- Raddatz: representative king, i want a very quick response from you, if you will. Thank you, representative ruppersberger. Ruppersberger: okay, fine. Radatz: just a quick response, please. King: over the last several weeks general Alexander, all these top people have come in and subjected themselves to questioning from any member of Congress at all including those most critical. And I’ve found those who are most critical publicly
Peter King
U.S. Senator, R-New York, Homeland Security Committee
KGO 08/04/2013
King continued: ask the least amount of questions in private. But he's answered every question. They get the information, they sit there and they go -- they just – Raditz: so they're just not telling the truth? King: with the members of Congress. I've never seen, to me it's unprecedented to have all of these top people from an administration during this time of crisis still come in and answer question after question after question, so anyone who says that Congress is somehow being stonewalled is just wrong and is generally, i think, raised by people who are trying to make a name for themselves.
John Schiffman
Reuters Correspondent
FOXNEWSW 08/06/2013
Lee: but is there any evidence out there as of yet where people feel that they were, that this information was abused in any way? Schiffman: well, it's very hard to tell, and the DEA says they don't track it. I will say there was a honest current prosecutor who we interviewed who said that he was initially told in one of his cases that a tip came from an informant. When he pressed harder, what he learned is it actually came from an NSA intercept, and he was so outraged, he dropped the case. He said this should not be going on.
Barack Obama
President
CNNW 08/07/2013
Obama: There is no spying on Americans. We don't have a domestic spy program. What we do have are some mechanisms where we can track a phone number or e-mail address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat. And that information is useful.
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman: I worked with my colleague Kristina Cooke. We found the DEA program that has been public for many years it’s called the special operations division it’s located in Virginia, it’s an arm of the DEA. While a lot of what they do is public which is coordinating and de-conflicting different cases and coordinating international cases like the case against Victor Boot, the Russian arms broker, they also had a part of special operations which they (inaudible) that they didn’t really publicize at all. Which is they take tips
John Schiffman
Reuters Reporter
CSPAN 08/08/2013
Schiffman continued: from intelligence agencies, from informants, from foreign governments, from domestic wiretaps, from a large database of telephone records which is different than they NSA database of telephone records and they pass them along to agents in the field. While this is perfectly acceptable, probably acceptable according to defense attorneys, to pass along the tips, what happens next
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